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“Stories of Gardens…” on Datscha Radio

2017/09/13

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Stories of gardens are better than none at all…”

first broadcast on Datscha Radio Berlin, a 5-days radio-festival from a Berlin allotment garden, August 2017; produced in response to Datscha radio’s open call by radio continental drift

radio continental drift is proud and happy contributing to Datscha Radio in Berlin together with women audio/ radio producers from both sides of the Zambezi and beyond, namely Zubo Trust in Binga, Zimbabwe and Zongwe FM in Sinazongwe, Zambia; DJ Kwe joins the all-female radio-gardeners team from Canada with her music, excerpts from the inspiring Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”.

Margaret Munkuli and Lucia Munenge recorded songs and stories of elders in their communities about their life at the Zambezi before the forced resettlement displacing the Tonga people for the construction of Kariba Lake. The old ladies still danced and played Chilimba at the Zambezi, as they themselves tell, and they could shout across the river to their relatives on the other side; water for gardening was no problem…

DJ Mo and DJ Petty Young took many of these recordings on-air at Zongwe FM relating voices and stories from the Binga community to the Tonga community on the Northern shore of Kariba Lake thus, joining the now divided people in radio community. Radio continental drift joins the dots in the radio piece with bits of narration in English and German to invite further listening communities along on the journey. DJ Kwe’s beats lifts our voices to danceable teachings.

You can even follow our journey to Tonga gardens on the sound maps of aporee radio where you’ll find all the original recordings. 

Enjoy the listening. And have a nice day in the garden!

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Buy the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”

In purchasing the Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”, you’ll support the healing arts of DJ Kwe and the work of women for women across the globe. From the online sales, 50% of proceed go to project work with women in Binga via Zubo Trust and Basilwizi Trust. Twalumba look! Thank you for your support!

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Dance of carrots and baobab with stories of gardens and Tonga-song-remix by DJ Kwe performed to link and honour the women of Zubo Trust in Binga, Datscha Radio in Berlin, “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” by DJ Kwe in Canada and Apocalypso Now, a performance party hosted by Alma Tischler Wood and John Wood at Lewisham Art House in London on 25 August 2017.”

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Audio journey through Binga…

2015/11/28

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…imagine yourself sitting in one of the local combi-taxies, watching the dry bush-land flying past, and listening to the echo of the women telling about their lives, Tonga culture, the history of displacement, basket weaving and fishing… including also voices from the other side of Kariba Lake, like artist/ researcher, Esnart Mweemba… and Bulawayo painter, Nonnie Mathe telling about her Grandma’s basket weaving and the inspiration of Tonga culture to her art making…

Enjoy the journey of listening!

 

 

Barnaby Spigel, composer/ producer/ DJ from the UK, created this 30 Minutes composition embedding the first 27 clips of the call-out playlist in a beautiful “audio movie”.

 

 

With vocals by:

the musician and arts administrator Penny Yon, student Linda Mudimba; Barbara Mudimba, a basket weaver and Viola Mwembe at Binga Craft Centre (translating Barbara); Mary Munsaka (Tonga Song); the teacher, Florence Munsaka at Damba Primary School; Janet Mwiinde and Luyando Muyalali in front of artifacts at BaTonga Museum in Binga; Abbigal Muleya and Rosemary Cumanzala from the women’s organization ZUBO Trust in Binga; artist and researcher, Esnart Mweemba, who belongs to the Zambian Tonga; Christine Hankwebe (Basilwizi Trust) singing a Weddingsong together with her neighbours, Ester and Mtenda (Zambian Tonga in Bulawayo); and Bulawayo painter, Nonhlanhla Mathe.

Find the original playlist here

 

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